If you love to check out Chicago’s food scene and love helping animals, the place to be is Big Night on Thursday at the Chicago Cultural Center. This annual fundraiser for Friends of Chicago Animal Care and Control (FCCAC) combines great food – provided by some of the hottest Chefs in the city – and great fun all benefiting the animals in the care of FCACC.
“We’re thrilled to host Big Night again this year and welcome back an outstanding group of Chicago chefs. With the delicious food being served, the wonderful silent auction items, including VIP passes to “CONAN” and contemporary entertainment offered, a great night is in store for everyone,” said Jacqueline Sabian FCACC board member and co-chair of Big Night.
Cool auction items include stays at the great Chicago Hotels like the Ritz, Peninsula, The Drake, Four Season and the Talbott. There are also courtside (ice-side) seats to the Bulls and Blackhawks. And, the raffle of the unofficial Miles For Max bike from Kozy Bicycles and so much more. The Emcees will be Channel 7 Sportscaster Jim Rose and Lifestyle Design Expert Lakesha Rose.
Safe a Life Tonight
One of the very cool things happening at The Big Night again this year is the Save a Life Tonight. There will be pictures of animals in need on each table and you can “bid” or donate on the spot to help that particular animal in need. One of last year’s recipients was Wilbur (pictured). Someone had drowned his head in acid and he had horrible burns. He’s recovered, but still has scars…but has a happy life and home these days.
Two of the animals to be featured this year will be Beans and Herbie. Beans entered CACC with both sides of her pelvis broken, severely underweight and unable to use one of her legs. She needed plates, surgery and rehab. The cost of her surgery alone will be $1,500. And, six-month-old Herbie who was relinquished by his owner with a badly burned back.
Food and Chefs
Throughout the night their will be tastings of great dishes by these chefs along with a Muttini Bar, live entertainment and lots more.
- Curtis Wierbicki, Tin Fish
- Justin Frankenberg, Phil Stefani Signature Restaurants
- Joel Nickson, Wishbone
- Jill Barron, Mana Food Bar
- Erica Fischer, Fat Cat
- Toni Motamen, Raw Bar & Grill
- Ryan Pitts, RL
- Jackie Shen, Stray Dog
- Joe Farina, Rosebud
- Paul Loduca, LoDuca, Vinci
- Giles Schnierle, Great American Cheese Connection
- Chef Sandra Holl, FLORIOLE Café & Bakery
- Gregg Wilson, Hardboiled Coffee
- Brian Jupiter, Frontier
- Julio Galicia, Rockit/Sunda/!Ay Chiwowa! A taco and tequila tavern from Rockit Ranch Productions
FCACC rescued pets from Chicago Animal Care and Control and takes them into their foster programs. So far this year, they’ve transferred over 200 dogs and cats and last year the number was at 500. The group does so much more.
“We also provide support and comfort that improves the lives of animals in the CACC shelter,” according to Natalie Poston. “We have purchased basics, like food, leashes, scratching posts and medical supplies, and we've even recently bought an industrial washer and dryer for the shelter so that the dogs can have blankets in their cages rather than having to lie on cold concrete floors.”
The event runs from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Chicago Cultural Center. Advance tickets are $100 each and at the door tickets are $125.
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